Japan opposition Democrats turn to familiar face to try to fix flagging fortunes

January 18, 2015 7:47 AM

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Japan opposition Democrats turn to familiar face to try to fix flagging fortunes

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's opposition Democratic Party elected former foreign minister Katsuya Okada as its leader on Sunday, turning to a familiar face to try to persuade voters it can again become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party.

Okada, 61, must try to repair the Democratic Party of Japan's (DPJ) battered image two years after Abe led his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power pledging to revive the economy and strengthen defense policies.

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